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  1. Introductions
    Hi folks! Thanks for having me. i’ve been a computer repair tech since 2000 and have never worked on anything larger than an iMac. My days are spent staring through a microscope and doing micro soldering. I felt it was time for some new experiences! So when a friend gifted me a busted Craftsman...
  2. Repair & Technical Discussion
    Hello. Really looking for help here. I have a craftsman riding lawn mower with a MTD engine. I wasn’t provided an engine manual when my tractor was delivered. I have changed the oil in my tractor but cannot find what the appropriate amount of oil is for replacement. I know there’s a dipstick but...
  3. Snow Removal
    We have a really old Craftsman Model 917.253720 utility tractor with a 842.26062 snow thrower attachment. Today the blade stopped turning and upon investigation we could see through the crack that the chain had come off the sprocket, but that is all we know because we can't figure out how you...
  4. Repair & Technical Discussion
    I bought this tractor new in 2005. It has been a good tractor. I am having problems with the Screw Thdrol (part #143). It is a part that was attached to the frame via a few tack welds. The newer versions may be different. This part holds the idler pulleys that controls the tension (Bracket Asm...
  5. Buying & Pricing
    Hey Y'all, I am thinking of buying another Craftsman for parts that I need. It has no axle and I don't know if the engine runs or not. What would you all say is a good price for it? The guy is asking $350.00, I was thinking of offering $150. Any help is appreciated. Here are some pictures he...
  6. Craftsman / Sears
    I'm new to this site, so forgive me if this has been answered before. I did search the forum without finding anything. I recently bought a CRAFTSMAN GT18, and cannot find the proper manual. The manual I found is for MODEL NO. 917.255919. Every manual I see is for this model. I'm needing to know...
  7. Projects
    Hello everyone! I recently acquired 1960’s Craftsman that needs some work, and one of the first problems I ran into was the ‘Rachet Self-Starter’ wasn’t functioning properly and I’m not sure how to do work on the piece. Any advice on how to repair one?
  8. Repair & Technical Discussion
    Hi, I hit a huge rock in my yard with my new/20 year old craftsman hydro 1999. Shredded mandrel bottoms (star male into blades) Put new mandrels (3 bolt pattern) - then noticed checked drive (upper) belt Changed upper belt to same size, but not OEM Kevlar belt Blade drive belt pulley's (lower)...
  9. Craftsman / Sears
    I need some insight on an issue I'm having with my lawn tractor. It's a 26Hp Kholer (SV735) and it surges constantly, unless I play with the choke a bit. I've cleaned the carb, etc, regapped plugs. That's when I noticed the right cylinger is running lean. Any ideas? I can't find a breech/ vacuum...
  10. General Lawn Garden Tractor Forum
    I recently acquired a farm home. A Craftsman GS 6500 lawn tractor that had sat outdoors for two seasons was included in the deal. The problem is the machine dies after a short time of running. It runs fine, even after reaching operating temperature. After about 15 minutes or so in operating...
  11. Repair & Technical Discussion
    Good Afternoon all, First of all, I apologize for my ignorance of proper terminology. I'm not really experienced with fixing tractors but I am capable of fixing other things. I'm trying to fix my Craftsman LT1500 tractor I bought from Sears back in 2010. The blades will not turn on anymore...
  12. Tractor Photos
    I bought this lawn tractor new in 1999. After many hole repairs to the original deck, I replaced the deck 4 or 5 years ago. The bagger attachment has several repairs using sheet metal a rivets, but I'm still running the original B&S V-Twin. I maintain over an acre of land and use the bagger...
  13. Projects
    Hello everyone. I just purchased a 94' Craftsman GT6000, 18hp Kohler Magnum, with a 44" 3 blade mower deck. (MN: 917.255950 SN:1151S04279) I am looking to pick up a snowblower attachment. I have found a Craftsman 48" MN: 842.240531 SN:555884. I am curious to know if it will fit properly. The...
  14. Repair & Technical Discussion
    I have a gt3000 riding mower that suddenly stopped driving. As I looked at the diagram to put the belt back on, I realized the flat idler pulley and the bracket (asm idler stationary) are missing. when I look at the parts in the manual, the bracket is a drawing and not the best to figure out...
  15. Craftsman / Sears
    Hello all, Does anyone happen to have a wiring schematic for the ignition switch on a late 90's Craftsman 917.252580 15.5HP Kohler motor lawn tractor? I inherited a machine that had been "partially running" and im in the process of putting it back together fully. The ignition switch is a...
  16. Lawn and Garden Tractors/Equipment
    CRAFTSMAN LAWN TRACTOR 18.5 HP, 42" Mower Electric Start Automatic Transmission Model No. 917.273643
  17. Snow Removal
    Howdy all! I just picked up a sweet 1997 Craftsman 25HP (Kohler V-Twin) tractor (with only 83 hours on it for $800) with a 46" snow blower attachment on it (see attached pic) and noticed that the v-belt driving the auger/impeller has some cracks in it and needs replacing. I really don't want...
  18. General Lawn Garden Tractor Forum
    I have a Craftsman model number 917.270532 42" cut lawn tractor. I have two problems, one is driving me nuts. First question: I want to know if any other 42" decks will work on this tractor, it currently has a "QC system" deck that never had wheels on it. Don't really need the wheels, but...
  19. Craftsman / Sears
    Have a craftsman hydro 42, about 15 years old, with a Kohler 15.5 hp engine. Starts fine, but when I let the clutch pedal out, just a little bit, it quits. Have replaced the interlock on the clutch pedal. This is about to drive me nuts! Any ideas? Thanks.....
  20. Repair & Technical Discussion
    I'll try not to get lengthy here. Was given a 1996 Craftsman lawn tractor. Briggs 19HP opposed twin. Wasn't getting fuel so cleaned the tank with boiling water, replaced the hoses, filter, and rebuilt the fuel pump. Still wouldn't start. Pulled the top of the carb off, filled the float bowl...
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